William LaRue “Bill” “Pops” Smith, age 97, formerly of Ramseur, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, January 16, 2023, at Cross Road Retirement Center in Asheboro.
Bill was born on June 28, 1925, in Chatham County, to John Chelsey and Roxie Thompson Smith.
Bill was a lifelong farmer and loved animals, particularly his goats: Dunkin and Dolly and the many Great Danes he had over the years. Bill was a great conversationalist, always willing to talk with anyone who would listen, and was quite capable of spinning a good yarn. His grandchildren were the light of his life, and he enjoyed spending any time he could with them. Bill is preceded in death by his wife of 42 years: Doris Stout Smith, special friend Jan White and special canine companion “Gracie.”
Bill is survived by his son: Elton (Patsy) Smith; daughter: Roxanna (Bill) Bryant of Asheboro; grandchildren: Connor, Tucker, Chloe and Madison Bryant and step grandchildren: Todd, Taylor, and Parker Lanier and numerous step great grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the staff and nurses of Crossroads Assisted Living for taking such wonderful care of Pops and loving him so.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 21, 2023, from 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM at Jordan Memorial United Methodist Church, Ramseur, 1511 Main Street Ramseur, NC with Pastors Mary Row Miller, Chris Smith and Bernie Raymond officiating. His Celebration of Life Service will follow in the church at 2:00 PM. Entombment will be at Moons Chapel Baptist Church, 175 Moons Chapel Road Siler City, NC.
In lieu of flowers memorials are requested to Dream Makers C/O Cross Road Retirement Center 1302 Old Cox Road Asheboro, NC 27205 or to Ruff Love Animal Rescue at www.ruffloverescue.com/donate
Online condolences may be made at www.pughfuneralhome.com